Product on Review: MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC
Street Price: GBP £119.99 / USD $129.99 / AUS $229.00
The MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC sits at the top of the MSI ladder; this is their flagship B450 chipset motherboard offering the largest range of features including 802.11AC WiFi, twin M.2 ports (both of which support AMD’s StoreMi), large power phase heatsinks and plenty of PCI-E expandability.
The Pro Carbon moves away from MSI’s typical black and red colour scheme, focusing on a monochrome design with Carbon Fibre accents. There’s a small spattering of RGB LEDs around the motherboard, one section under the DIMM slots and the others peeking out from under the southbridge heatsink. We also find a full-length 110mm M.2 heatshield on the top port, to help improve NVMe performance by removing unwanted heat buildup.
As well as the above features, we’re provided with AudioBoost 4 with Nahimic3 for great gaming audio, an Intel Gigabit LAN port, Bluetooth 5.0 for connecting game controllers or mobile phones. There’s also an abundance of RGB connections as well as more 3/4pin fan jacks than you can shake a stick at. Also, don’t forget, AMD’s B450 still supports overclocking so extra performance should be possible.
The B450 chipset uses the same AM4 socket as the B350, X370 and X470 chipsets and is capable of supporting Ryzen 1st and 2nd Gen. CPUs, all the way up to the Ryzen 7 2700X.
On the face of it, we can clearly see where MSI have spent the £120 budget, but does the performance back up the price tag? Read on to find out.
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